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floods with toxic sludge. it will take millions of dollars. in investigations into the cia's attention torture terror suspects. welcomes you "bbc world news." coming up later for you -- women on the frontline in afghanistan. in a dramatic change, the police force and welcomes them. and the drums of protest. anchor -- anger over environmental damage caused by digging up oil platforms. the united states has apologized for the nato helicopter attack that killed at least two pakastani soldiers and left the government in islamabad furious.
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beat soldiers were mistaken for insurgents. police have attacked fuel tankers destined that you supply foreign forces in afghanistan. orla guerin has the latest from islamabad. >> dense, black smoke filled the sky after another attack on nato fuel tankers. the target this time, a depot set ablaze by a dozen gunmen. our correspondent had of looked when at tinker -- had a look when the tanker exploded right behind him. further strikes have been threatened. they say the more they are hit by u.s. drones, the more they will hit the convoys.
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about 6000 lorries have been at a standstill since last week. a nato airstrike killed three pakastani troops. since then, a vital supplies have been going up in smoke around the country, and the relationship between pakistan and nato has become strained. nato says its operation in afghanistan has not been affected, but it wants the trucks back on the road as soon as possible. >> that report from orla guerin in islamabad. there are reports of helicopter attack that killed soldiers last month. the first came from the u.s. ambassador to islamabad. the second came from the nato international security force in kabul. our correspondent in kabul has the details. >> this is a joint statement, a result of a joint investigation
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by the nato coalition forces, and the pakastani military, and they have jointly agreed what happened a week ago when as an american apache helicopter opened fire, killing two pakastani border guards, injuring four others. the significance is it is now being accepted by both sides it was the pakastani border guards that opened fire first. just to recall the circumstances, this american helicopter was on an operation against insurgents. it accepted that it strayed into pakastani airspace. and the statement said the pakastani border guards probably opened fire as a warning to the helicopter about their presence. the pilots of the helicopter, one assumes, this understood this, returned fire, and that is what killed these two pakastani border guards. as you say, as a result of that,
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close the border to nato convoys, and now there has been attacks regularly since this occurred. nato forces will certainly bait hoping this statement any apologies that are being given -- certainly be hoping the statement and any apologies that are being given will resolve this issue. >> that was from kabul. with eight suspected militants killed by a missile attacks by u.s. drowned in northwest pakistan. five people died in the first attack. this was close to the border of afghanistan. a second strike nearby killed three, who were not militants according to pakastani intelligence officials. obama's promised to close guantanamo bay, a key prosecution witness has been
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barred from giving evidence. the judge ruled that the testimony was not admissible because it was gained through coercion. ahmed khalfan ghailani is charged in connection with attacks on u.s. embassies in tanzania. militants in yemen have fired a rocket-propelled grenades into the foreign office here and in london. in another attack, the chief executive of an austrian oil company was shot. a spokesperson for the afghan says that contact with members of the taliban have intensified in recent months. this does not announce a comprehensive negotiations about a peace process. >> there has been contacts, at different levels. we are not in a position to say
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how much authority or how much weight any of these people are carrying. we will see. but i can confirm at the moment is there are contacts. there are signals and signs at different levels on the taliban side. >> the main news story out of europe this hour, hungary is battling an unprecedented ecological disaster, after the waste from n aluminum plants -- from an aluminum plant spilled in contaminated the surrounding area. >> this is how it began. hungary's worst chemical accident. a breach sending 1 million cubic meters of read it, toxic mud below. this is the aftermath of the red tide. 400,000 homes evacuate it. untold damage to the land and
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livelihoods. the prime minister has announced a state of emergency in three counties. what the emergency services addressed the biggest damage, local people struggled to clean their own homes. and count their losses. >> these issues are the only thing i have left. i lost everything. it will not let me into my house. >> this is the source of what has already become an ecological catastrophe, a point at which a reservoir, brimming with heavy- metal wastes, burst. this is the extent of the damage, 15 square miles covered with toxic mud. another is a race against time to stop the red tide from reaching the river danube, only 50 miles away. bbc news, in western hungary.
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>> now, the cia used secret people in europe to torture its most important terror suspects. that is the opinion of a european official who has uncovered this network. he has told the bbc there is evidence to a criminal standard of proof that khalid sheikh mohammed, the man behind the 9/11 attacks come up with water boarded -- was water ordered -- boarded. >> hidden, a facility thought to be a secret cia present. >> [unintelligible] >> human rights officials are convinced it is here the cia brought their most significant detainee, kalid sheik mohammed, in use controversial and -- and
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use controversial interrogation techniques to force him and others and to talk. >> they were subjected to very intense and torture during interrogation, including, as far as we understand, whiter boarding -- water boarding. >> records show an executive jet leased by dc-8 left kabul. records just released not confirm the plane actually landed in poland. -- now confirm the plane actually landed in poland. new documents now prove this area was visited by more than a dozen cia aircraft since 2002. evidence suggests, that within days of being detained in pakistan, kalid sheik mohammed was brought here in northeast
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poland, a place where the cia could operate in complete secrecy. >> a senior airport employe he told us the american planes were taken to the far end of the runway to me vehicles from the intelligence department. the cia's inspector general concluded "khalid sheikh mohammed received 333 applications of a water boarding since 2003." it does not say where. but we know that the suspect believes he was in poland. the evidence has now become overwhelming -- american did torture and terror suspect in europe. >> if i'd use the judicial standard of proof, and i were a magistrate, then i would say yes, he was in poland. yes, he was tortured. >> in response, the cia told us
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the program is over. this agency does not discussed publicly where detention facilities may or may not have been. a senior police prosecutor is now considering whether to bring charges. bbc news, poland. >> you are watching "bbc world news." still to come -- the boardroom battle behind football clubs and the americans. more than 80 have been killed in landslides and flash flooding in an indonesian province. we have this report from our correspondent. >> this is what this town looks like from the air -- a huge swaths of land submerged by water. it is thought that 80% of all the infrastructure has been
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destroyed. this is one of the most remote areas and in indonesia. rescue operations here would of been challenging in any case, but the bad weather has made it more difficult. 18 have arrived, along with the -- aid teams have brought along with the indonesian army. there are concerns as the water levels continue to rise, putting a strain on operations. the torrential rain has beaten down on the area, and other towns in the area this week. many villages were carried away by the forces of the water. those who have survived are now in desperate need of help. but whether they will get it soon enough is a question. hospital facilities on the ground are few and far between. many were badly damaged in the
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floods. treating the injured is an urgent priority, as is providing them with clean water and a place to live. for these survivors, this refugee camp is where they will stay for the immediate future. there could be more rain ahead on in the coming days, which means returning home soon is unlikely, and even if they do return, it is not clear what they have left to go home to. bbc news, jakarta. >> you are with "bbc world news." coming to you from london -- here are the headlines. police and in northwest pakistan say militants have again attacked and destroyed nato fuel supplies. and hungary is stepping up its investigation into how big quantities of toxic sludge and leaked from an industrial plant.
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a u.n.-backed tribunal in cambodia has formally indicted four of the most senior leaders of the khmer rouge on charges of genocide. for many in cambodia, this may mean it justice at last. >> he is the village chief, the most respected in the community. his 29 grandchildren live close by. some are building him a new house. he tells me they have a good life. there may be fun and games here now, but he used to be a soldier for one of the world's most feared armies, the khmer rouge. his statue protected him from enemy bullets for 15 years of fighting. the khmer rouge members of like
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these are being accepted back into society. some have returned to the government or the military. but now four of the leaders have been charged with genocide. for people here, there is definitely a sense of the trail. >> now they should will be -- released be leaders, because if they sentenced them, they will not have long. they are getting old. they should be free. >> said the officials from the khmer rouge tribunal have a lot of explaining to do. a public forum draws a capacity crowd. >> cambodia is not only interested in the court. >> the prime minister has warned the trial may plunge cambodia back into war. but the prosecution says it is
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essential for reconciliation. >> we have to realize the extent of what actually happened in this country. we are speaking of this 2 million deaths in three years, almost half of those violent deaths. that is something that needs to be eliminated. not just for the sake of this country, but for the international community generally. >> there is plenty to chew on. some art mollified. others are outraged. >> the khmer rouge heroes are true patriots. >> it is only the losers who are held responsible. >> for now, it seems the only storm coming will affect the crops. people here who have been a people here have been through too much to begin fighting again.
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bbc news. >> the afghan police force late of vital role in security. now for the first time in history, women are being allowed to join. we have this from kabul. >> these are the first of the few, a remarkable group of women who have signed up for the afghan police force. they say they want to fight the insurgency and defend their country. it is the first time in three decades of war that women have been allowed in the police force. it is a significant breakthrough for women in afghanistan. >> in base in the barracks. if there is a search going on, i go there with the men.
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i accomplish be passed very successfully. we need -- i accomplish the task very successfully. we need police. >> but they are still wary of acceptance and their own community. >> i do not go well because -- i do not go out because of the situation in afghanistan. i save my uniform for my official duties. >> others have very personal reasons for joining the force. >> my husband was a policeman who was murdered. so, i want to join the police force, too. i love the opportunity to serve my country. i am proud to be a hero in afghanistan. what's the afghan government has been trying -- >> the afghan government has been trying to embrace women.
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the number of policewomen in this country is disappointing. there is only one policeman in 160 afghan police. -- there is only one police woman in 160 afghan police. there are more than 100,000 police officers in afghanistan. here, at the police academy in kabul, it seems they're only men. but the police chief is proud of his record of recruiting women. >> you should know under the afghan constitution, and men and women have equal rights. the afghan interior ministry has paid the way for men and women to join the police academy. >> it is a tough test for either sex, but it has special problems for women. >> people say it is dangerous
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for you. you are a lady. i have not told anyone besides my mom. i know it is dangerous. >> after heard tough police work, it is back to the family coming to the young children who worry about her, and steal a home where she is both a mother and breadwinner. -- and to a home where she is both mother and red winter. bbc news. >> it is highly controversial, especially under -- in indigenous communities. the have taken their campaign to the u.n.. >> banging the drum of protest. the northern territories of canada have been protected for generations. now they say they are protesting the for the area
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disappears forever. obstructing oil from tar sands -- extracting oil from tar sands is increasing global warming and destructive to the environment according experts. this is a chance to save hunting grounds of alberta. >> people will see what is happening and start to understand. it is always outside. not within canada. >> northern companies say they will return the land to how it once was, after they have finished extraction. it is a big issue in in canada. >> it is very destructive to the landscape. it involves numerous crisscrosses over the
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landscape, which are destructive to wildlife. it creates vector's where disease and creditors can pass. >> this may help gain sympathy. it certainly has london office workers worrying about the whole issue. but how to satisfy the developed and developing world's operations appetites' for fossil fuels? bbc news, from london. >> liverpool football club may be sold to the owner of the boston red sox baseball team. but will this create problems within their borders? >> the takeover of the football club is not a conventional deal. it involves the chairman selling the club against the wishes of
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its owners. they have the burden of $445 million of back that, and family -- and fans are desperate to see that money back. >> i think it is a great pity that at the end of an exhaustive process there has been a competitive bid, which we have, but they are not going to take the last opportunity to be the good guys and passover liverpool to the right hands. and that is what they promised to do. that is what they said all along they're going to do. at the last minute, when it does not pay them enough, they choose to divided. i can understand the disappointment.
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>> bankers tell me that the courts -- the sale would probably still go through, although it would be and humiliating mechanism. the red sox proprietor is proposing to pay $480 million for the football club. this is not enough to pay off the bank debts. they stand to lose the $200 million they put into the club, and that is why they will do all they can do to upset the deal. if the deal does go through, liverpool once again have relatively modest debts, which should be something of a liberation. that is no guarantee of sporting
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success. bbc news. >> it caused a widespread sensation for the best of reasons. and now charlie be champ has died at a zoo in northwest africa. -- charlie the chimp has died at as you in northwest africa. he was 52 when he died. just to recap our main news again -- the u.s. apologized for the nato helicopter attacks in pakistan last week that killed at least two pakastani soldiers. and it provoked the fury of the government in islamabad. >> hello and welcome. >> see the news unfold, get the top stories from around the globe and click to play video reports. go to bbc.com/news to experience the in-depth, expert reporting of "bbc world news" online. >> funding was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and
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